DeSantis Stepping Down As Governor?

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

On Monday (October 24) night, amid a barrage of questions from his Democratic rival, former lawmaker Charlie Crist (Fla.), Gov. Ron DeSantis refused to answer whether he’ll serve a full four years as Governor.

During the hour-long debate, Crist repeatedly questioned whether DeSantis would serve a four-year term as Governor amid heightened speculation he’ll mount a 2024 Presidential bid.

“You’re running for governor,” Crist proclaimed before requesting DeSantis, “look at the eyes of the people of Florida you will serve all four years.”

He then clarified his question, “Will you serve a full four-year term?”

DeSantis didn’t answer the question, and the moderator interjected, reminding Crist and DeSantis that they couldn’t ask one another questions.

Rather than put to rest speculation he’ll be running for President in 2024, DeSantis stuck to his talking points. DeSantis accused Crist of being nothing more than President Joe Biden’s rubber stamp before turning his attention to policy priorities he’d pursue as Governor. DeSantis’ response was an attempt to turn attention away from his political ambitions.

However, his avoidance has done nothing more than fuel speculation he’ll be pursuing the White House in the next Presidential race.

Many believe he won’t delay in an attempt to capitalize on his profile swelling among Republicans after he refused to follow guidelines about COVID-19; instead, choosing to keep businesses open.

Since he refused to kowtow to federal health guidelines, DeSantis has continuously inserted himself in politically heated moments, with many pundits seeing that as him setting up his Presidential campaign.